The guidance offers 10 scenarios covering the following six topics:
- School official exception to consent
- The use of video or other forms of instruction (email, group chat, teleconference)
- The importance of defining educational records and identifying personally identifiable information in student education records
- Timelines for accessing educational records
- Whether FERPA written consent can be electronic
- Health or safety emergency exception
Highlights of the scenarios included:
- FERPA does permit electronic consent if it identifies the person giving consent and does so through an authenticated email address or other authenticated means
- If a parent requests a copy of their child’s educational records, schools may securely provide electronic access
- Educators are permitted to record classes, as long as they do not disclose personally identifiable information from an educational record
- Schools may use video conferencing under the school official exemption
The office has additional resources and suggested best practices for privacy and security, including communicating to the school community about your online schedule and platforms being used, as well as consulting your solicitors and in-house information technology specialists.
Please reach out to any member of the Barley Snyder Education Practice Group if you have any questions about continued legal obligations related to coronavirus.
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